Angels’ Garden Gets The Green Touch

Odenton, MD, June 2010: A joint project with Cell-Tek Geosynthetics (Crofton), Life Time Pavers (Gambrills), Maisel Brothers (Glen Burnie), and an anonymous local donor, is in the process of completion at the intersection of the WB & A Trail and Strawberry Lake Way in Odenton. The project, named Angels’ Garden, was begun last year through The Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails and their “Lasting Gifts” Program. The completion of this joint effort demonstrates the importance of local contributors working together to beautify and improve a community so that all those who use the area may benefit.

Cell-Tek Geosynthetics of Crofton is donating the installation (around the fountain area) of a Gravel-Lok Aggregate bonding system. This is a landscaping system of natural stone that is bonded together, but, despite its bonding, still maintains the critical property of porosity. This Gravel-Lok system was originally developed to reduce the harmful effects of storm water runoff and erosion, and since its introduction, has been used with an unparalleled degree of success.

Maisel Brothers of Glen Burnie has generously donated all the materials for the borders of the flower bed, fountain, and tree areas, and is one of the largest dealers in Anne Arundel County for all kinds of stone, brick, paver, landscaping, and hardscaping supplies. The pavers and stone chosen for the project were selected so as to enhance the natural coloration, setting, and beauty of the site.

Life Time Pavers of Gambrills is the contractor who designed the project and is overseeing its completion. Life Time Pavers was contacted by the anonymous donors when they felt that further beautification of Angels’ Garden was necessary, and the donors felt that Life Time could supply that needed “professional touch.”

Finally, the “Lasting Gifts” Program was instituted by AAC Recreation, Parks, and Trails, to allow ordinary county residents to donate to their communities in extraordinary ways. Items such as benches, trees, gardens, and fountains can be donated by interested benefactors to any county trails and parks for the enjoyment of all its residents: in effect, a “lasting gift” can been created and established for future generations, much as Angels’ Garden has done for the WB & A Trail in Odenton.